A very active week ahead weather wise, especially for the Pacific Northwest. A series of storms with rising and lowering snow levels will pound the Pacific NW through the next week.

The first storm arrives Thursday with high snow levels above 6,000-7,000 feet for most areas from Washington down to California. We could see several inches of snow above that on the mountain peaks.

Then on Saturday a stronger storm with an associated cold front pushes into the Pacific northwest dropping snow levels to 3,000-4,000 feet in the Cascades. A foot or more of snow could fall with this storm in the Cascades.  Further south the Northern Sierra could see a few inches of snow above 6,000 feet with maybe a snow shower or two as far south as Lake Tahoe above 7,000 feet.

On Sunday another cold low pressure system moves into the Pacific Northwest continuing the snowfall. This one will dig a little further south bringing several inches of snow to the Northern and Central Sierra into Monday. The Cascades could pick up another foot or more above 3,000 feet.

Next week some warmer storms return to Washington and Oregon. Snow levels will rise and the heaviest precipitation looks to aim itself further North into the Washington Cascades. Later in the week we may see some colder air work in with lowering snow levels once again.

Winter is hanging on through April for the Cascades. Further south in California, spring will return next week but we may see more snow before the month is through.

Bryan Allegretto is a Weather Forecaster for OpenSnow.com.

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